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Taiwan Church News

3395 Edition

20 - 26 March, 2017

Headline News

 

Groundbreaking For Both Shoki Coe Memorial Library And PCT Historical Archive Museum In TTCS

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

In the afternoon on March 16, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS) for both Shoki Coe Memorial Library and PCT History Archive Museum. It is estimated a new library with museum will be established at the site in 2019 to play her major educational function as training missionary and preserving PCT historical archives.

Noteworthy is that, during the leveling operation at the working site, the building foundation of Chu-Ting-Tong, the first newspaper and printing house of Taiwan Church News founded by Rev Thomas Barclay, was  accidentally found up by the workers. Therefore, Rev Fang Lang-ting of Taiwan Church Press was specially invited to attend this ceremony and accept a mortar segment of the building remains from Rev Wong Chong-gyiau, president of TTCS, to witness the history-breaking event of the mission ministry in 19th century's Taiwan.

Rev Lin Bum-tiat, general secretary of TTCS, remarked in the ceremony that the foundation remains of Chü-Ting-Tông would be well planed, preserved, and showcased to the public how this historical site participated and contributed to the development of Taiwanese culture. Quoting Jesus words from the scripture, "The stone that the builder rejected has become the cornerstone"(Matthew 21:42), Rev Fang Lang-ting responded with his vision for Taiwan Church Press that she will become a news media with historical perspective and insight.

In the groundbreaking ceremony, the assembly also prayed for the safety of the construction workers, financial donations for the library, the missionary goals of the kairos, the campus safety during the construction, and etc. Many TTCS staffs, faculties, and students attended this significant ceremony, including Rev Wong Chong-gyiau(president of TTCS), Dr Lin Chaun-fen(academic chief), Rev Seh Chong-hsin(administrative chief), and Vavauni Ljaljegean(president of the student union). Finally, Rev Lo Ren-quei(president of alumni association of TTCS), delivered his prayer and blessing for this library.

As the storage of historical documents requires specific temperature, humidity, and other conditions, Rev Ng Tiat-gan, director of PCT's Research and Development Center, expressed that it was quite a challenging and difficult task for PCT's historical archives to locate a museum finally in TTCS. The new PCT historical archive museum, located in the new TTCS library with its floor area about 528 square meter, will accommodate precious church historical files donated by Elder John Lai and PCT historical documents. As to TTCS's old library, it will transform into a relics museum showcasing the first pinting machine of Taiwan Church Press, the belongings of Rev Thomas Barclay and etc.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Rev Fang Lang-ting of Taiwan Church Press was specially invited to attend this groundbreaking ceremony and accept a mortar segment of the building remains from Rev Wong Chong-gyiau, president of TTCS, to witness the history-breaking event of the mission ministry in 19th century's Taiwan on 16 March 2017.

Photos by Chen Yi-fan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3394 Edition

13 - 19 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Protesting Government's New Demarcation Law Of Aborigine's Traditional Area, Taiwan Aborigines Want Their Land Back

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

On February 14, Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples(CIP) announced a new law, entitled as "Demarcation Law of Aborigine's Traditional Area", caused a big furor among aboriginal society and citizen groups as it evidently excluded about 1 million acres of private lands from the commonly held traditional area and mainly focused to deal those public lands with 0.8 million acres only.

Protesting the reactionary backslide of this new demarcation law, many aboriginal groups, including PCT, Tayal Peoples Conference, Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples' Policy and many others, assembled before Executive Yuan on February 22.

The protesting aboriginal groups accused that Taiwan government seemed to give a green light tacitly in this new law to those illegal appropriations and brutal annexation by the government, KMT or financial corporation in the past. "This is equal to destroy the sanctity and integrity of the traditional area of the aborigines!", protested Mayaw Biho, a famous aboriginal movie director and the spokesman of this protesting event.

DPP lawmaker Su Chiau-huei, in her letter to local newspaper Liberty Times, pointed out there were two big mistakes in CIP's new law: first, it severely restricted the boundaries of traditional area of the aborigines; second, it goes against the very autonomy principle stipulated in article 21 of The Indigenous People's Basic Law.

On March 8, a press conference was also held by the representatives, from each aboriginal peoples' conference Tsao, Paiwan, Tayal, Sediq, Bunnun, and Tarok, asking the Legislative Yuan should check into details about this new proposed by CIP and stop its legislature to become a legal bill.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

"This[new demarcation law of traditional area for the aborigines] is equal to destroy the sanctity and integrity of the traditional area of the aborigines!", protested Mayaw Biho, a famous aboriginal movie director and the spokesman of this protesting event.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3394 Edition

13 - 19 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Tatung Presbyterian Church Cares For Community Environment And The Children Of Urban Aborigines And New Immigrants

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

Quite a small-scaled urban aboriginal church of Paiwan Presbytery, though, a long-term charity of Tatung Presbyterian Church, located in a Hokklo community at Pingtung City, to care for the children of those marginalized families and clean up the community park is very amazing and encouraging.

Tatung Presbyterian Church had engaged in a long-term environmental maintenance of Chang-An Forest Park, which was originally commissioned to Tatung Elementary School, over 10 years since 2007. In the past decade, via mowing the weed, cleaning up the garbage and miscellaneous maintenance etc., over 30 members of Tatung Presbyterian Church offer their indispensable and invisible service to keep this community park in a good shape.

After learning this inspiring story of community park maintenance had been quietly done by the church over a decade, Tatung Elementary School recently decided to subsidize Tatung Presbyterian Church NT$ 8,000 per month and officially signed a contract with the church for the maintenance jobs.

Rev Legean Dutalimau, pastor of Tatung Presbyterian Church, said "For the community we live together is a public space, it is very natural we want to keep it clean and maintain well on the environment. Otherwise, if the community park near the church is dirty and broken, it would be a disgrace to God!".

In the meantime, Tatung Presbyterian Church also decided to help Tatung Elementary School take care of 10 to 15 children of urban aborigine or new immigrant at grade 1 or 2  in the coming semester. Because these young kids, aged from 6 to 7, ordered by the government to stay in the school half-day on each Monday and Wednesday, a very inconvenient timing for their working parents or families to pull out from their factories or workshops to pick them up.

"We will try our best to serve the community", expressed Rev Legean Dutalimau, adding that Tatung Presbyterian Church will absorb the teacher fees and the cost of dessert and meal to care for these kids, especially they were mostly from the families: with grandpa or grandma only, parents with temporary jobs, or marginalized families like urban aborigine or new immigrant.

Seeing many community kids, served by church's meals at dinner time in the past decade, had grown up steadily in good health with righteous characters is the best comfort to our church co-workers, Rev Legean Dutalimau revealed.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Members of Tatung Presbyterian Church, an urban aboriginal Presbyterian Church of Paiwan Presbytery, offer their best efforts to clean up and maintain the environment of their Hokklo community park - Chang-An Forest Park - at Pingtung City.

Photo by Tatung Presbyterian Church

 
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Taiwan Church News

3394 Edition

13 - 19 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Korean Pastors Prayed For Hydis Workers And Warned Yong Feng Yu Corporation About God's Justice

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

Praying for the laid off workers of Hydis factory, which was an overseas electronics TFT LCD factory of Yong Feng Yu(YFY) Corporation invested in Korea, 19 members of Korean Christian Action Organization(KCAO) held a prayer meeting before YFY's Taipei headquarter in the afternoon on March 8. Except comforting and praying for those laid off Hydis workers, Rev Jin Kwang-Soo, managing director of KCAO, also warned YFY Corporation should listen to the vocie of God and treat those laid off Hydis workers with justice.

Hydis workers had came to Taiwan several times, protesting YFY's illegal shut down of the Korean factory in 2015 and asking for a direct negotiation with YFY's management, yet without any concrete results. This international labor protest got even more radical, when Mr Pei Zai-jon, as one of Hydis labor leaders, committed suicide for his decision during negotiation with YFY in May 2015.

During his sermon before YFY's headquarter, Rev Jin Kwang-Soo advised the assembly that Christians should take to the streets, as "the heart of God is in the street". Quoting Proverbs 1:20 -23, "Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice...", and a Korean old saying that nothing good would happen if the will of God is betrayed, Rev Jin Kwang-Soo warned the ending of YFY Corporation would not be good just like the recent persecution of forme Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Hydis workers protested YFY in Taiwan.

Photo: archive picture of TCN

 
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Taiwan Church News

3394 Edition

13 - 19 March, 2017

Headline News

 

Professor Tsay Ting-kuei Leads The People To Take Down Chiang Kai-shek's Statue On 8 March

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin and Chen Yi-fan

 

Seeing that most officially memorial ceremonies of 228 massacre in recent years shrank down into superficial rituals only, without any resolve to find out the truth or restore transitional justice back to the people, Professor Tsay Ting-kuei, a long-term street fighter and prison inmate for Taiwan independence and transitional justice, launched a non-violence street drama to pull down Chiang Kai-shek's statue at Keelung City on 8 March. Not only to mark the 70th anniversary of 228 massacre, this street drama event is also to remind Taiwan society that this very harbor side at Keelung City is the first site where KMT troops initiated their rampant shootings and then started the heinous massacre across Taiwan.

Professor Tsay remarked that the core ideas of this non-violence street drama, stipulated as no weapon, no attack, and no confrontation with the police, was aiming to remove the statue of Chiang Kai-shek who is widely recognized by the Taiwanese as the mastermind behind 228 massacre. "It is absolutely not an action of violence to hurt anybody, but a demonstration of our political resolve: if the government won't do anything substantial on transitional justice, like taking down the authoritarian statues of Chiang Kai-shek spread across Taiwan island, the citizen society will do it by themselves!", Professor Tsay said.

It's quite ironical that Taiwan government showcased a typical schizophrenic syndrome dealing with the 228 massacre event: on the one hand, the elected public offices would like to pay verbal apologies to those victims and their families; on the other hand, they would like to maintain status quo and keep intact all those past authoritarian symbols and statues in Taiwan. And this is the way Professor Tsay and his associates was treated by Keelung City Magistrate, Mr Lin Yu-chang, at a memorial ceremony of 228 massacre held at Keelung Maritime Plaza on 8 March.

Members of Taiwan Association of Transitional Justice were brutally robbed of their banners, read as "Don't forget Keelung's massacre" and "Get rid of the statues of the mastermind behind 228 / white terror perpetrators", when Mr Lin Yu-chang was going to deliver a speech in the memorial ceremony of 228 massacre at Keelung Maritime Plaza on 8 March. In this incident, due to the assistant stick of Mr Lin Su-chih, a white terror victim, was coercively confiscated by the police, a strong criticism was incurred accusing the ruthless intervention by the police was no different from KMT troops' barbarity in 228 massacre.

After this incident, Professor Tsay led his associates marching toward Keelung's railway station and intending to take down the statue of Chiang Kai-shek. As that statue was solidly protected by the police, to showcase their strongest protest to Keelung City government, Professor Tsay's associates performed their 228 street drama and lied down with blooded clothes on the plaza before the railway station to remind Taiwan society that Keelung City is still overshadowed by the statue of 228 massacre's mastermind standing at the public space of this great harbor city.

Speaking audaciously in the interview, Professor Tsay said, "[In Taiwan] it cost 40 days of jail to pull down a statue, 30 days to flare up a KMT's national flag. And nothing could be worse than that. If what I've done could push this government to move forward, everything would be worth it."

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Standing fearlessly in front of the banner, read "Set up transitional justice, take down Chiang Kai-shek's statue", Professor Tsay Ting-kuei demonstrate his political determination to move Taiwan forward at Keelung City on 8 March 2017.


To commemorate the 70th anniversary of 228 massacre, initiated by KMT troop's rampant shooting from Keelung City then across Taiwan island, a non-violence drama is performed in the plaza before the railway station of Keelung City on 8 March 2017.

Photos by Professor Tsay Ting-kuei

 
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Taiwan Church News

3394 Edition

13 - 19 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Germany's Political Culture, Transitional Justice And Energy Policy Observed In A Taiwan Reporter's New Book: Die Macht in der Mitte Europas

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

In February, Mr Lin Yu-li, an independent Taiwanese journalist long stationed in Germany since 1998, launched his new book Die Macht in der Mitte Europas: Wie sich Deutschland neu enfindet: an observational first-hand report of Germany's political culture after WWII, how transitional justice was practiced after the unification of West and East Germany in 1990, and Germany's energy policy after 1998. To report Germany's proceedings of transitional justice, Mr Lin also made a face to face interview of Mr Roland Jahn, Director of Stasi Museum.

Before the unification of East and West Germany in 1990, Stasi(East Germany's State Security Dept) played a role in 40 years' East Germany authoritarian ruling just like Taiwan Garrison Command in Taiwan's martial law periods: i.e. to monitor and control the dissident and its own people.

In order to control the whole East Germany, it is estimated 300,000 East Germany officers or ordinary people were recruited by Stasi as agents to monitor or prosecute anyone who were suspicious to them, even though the indicted were innocent. On 7 November 1990, in order to proceed the Germany's transitional justice, with an exhibition titled "Against the Sleep of Reason", the Stasi museum was declared open to the public ever since.

Mr Roland Jahn, expressed in his interview, that there were over one million people applying for watching those secret files previously stored in Stasi headquarter offices in the first two years after the opening of Stasi museum. Quite a strong and clear signal suggesting that dialogue and reconciliation of the past sufferings could only come after a clarification of truth and responsibilities!

In the meantime, any former East Germany officer or agent having been recruited by Stasi has to confess his true identity and past jobs to the new German government after 1990, otherwise their current job in the new government would be fired immediately once found lying! This is because the real trust from the German people has been greatly offended and betrayed.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

In his new book, Die Macht in der Mitte Europas: Wie sich Deutschland neu enfindet, Mr Lin Yu-li(center standing), an independent Taiwanese journalist long stationed in Germany since 1998, delivers his first-hand observation of Germany's political culture after WWII, how transitional justice was practiced after the unification of West and East Germany in 1990, and Germany's energy policy after 1998.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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